Allis-Chalmers, Factories

There and Gone: The Short History of the Allis-Chalmers Terre Haute Works -Part I

Terre Haute Works circa 1960 (Courtesy of the Milwaukee County Historical Society) The Allis-Chalmers Corporation was once a leader in the American industrial scene. The company is probably most known for its iconic Persian Orange colored farm equipment, but that was just one speck of the more extensive line of precision machinery it made in… Continue reading There and Gone: The Short History of the Allis-Chalmers Terre Haute Works -Part I

Allis-Chalmers, Uncategorized

Collateral Damage: The Deutz-Allis 9170

I ran across this interesting article about the Deutz-Allis 9170. It was one of the first tractors made by the newly formed Deutz-Allis Corp. after the buyout of the Allis-Chalmers agricultural line. As Allis-Chalmers struggled in the 1980s the company looked to sell divisions off to stay in the black. Unfortunately, the manufacture of the… Continue reading Collateral Damage: The Deutz-Allis 9170

Allis-Chalmers, Uncategorized

Forgotten Industrial Giant: The Allis-Chalmers Story – The American Business History Center

I stumbled across this article that was published two years ago. I know my fair share about AC, but I learned a few more facts from this article!   Our business history articles often focus on the consumer products and services industries with which we all interact – from auto companies to department stores.  Yet… Continue reading Forgotten Industrial Giant: The Allis-Chalmers Story – The American Business History Center

Allis-Chalmers, family history, History

Week 3: Favorite Photo

We're on week 3 of 52 for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge, and tonight's post is about my favorite photo. My family has a long tradition of farming. My Great-Great-Grandpa Johann Frederick came to America from Prussia in 1869 and settled on 80 acres of land in Sugar Island, Wisconsin. He farmed… Continue reading Week 3: Favorite Photo

family history, Tractors

Grandpa’s Tractors

Grandpa and his BF Avery A tractor I remember visiting Grandma and Grandpa Frederick's house as a kid and Grandpa would dig out the photo albums. We would go through and he would tell a story about certain pictures--I wish I could remember them all! There was one album with pictures of tractors, equipment and… Continue reading Grandpa’s Tractors

Allis-Chalmers, Tractors

AC Proving Grounds Tow Tractor

I bet many of you have one of those, “ahhhh I wish I hadn’t missed out on that,”      moments. That’s exactly how I feel about not getting the chance to see this tow tractor that Allis-Chalmers had at the proving grounds. These units were towed, several at a time, behind behind tractors to… Continue reading AC Proving Grounds Tow Tractor